The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs, conducted season II of the Real California Milk Culinary Academy Competition. The competition promoted an array of California dairy products including cheese and milk. More than 40 culinary schools/ colleges/universities throughout the country were invited to participate, a total of 12 teams advanced to the final round held on 9th November at the Dusit thani College.

The Suan Dusit International Culinary School was the declared the winner of the 2017 Real California Milk Culinary Academy Competition season II.  This year’s winning team consisted of students Ms. Supara Kittiudom and Mr. Weerathep Artarekom and team advisor, Ms. Panjama Praphapantasak.  Ms. Supara Kittiudom and Mr. Weerathep Artarekom are 4thyear students in the faculty of Culinary Technology and Service.

All 3 dishes they created each had their own unique concept using California dairy products.  For instance, their appetizer featured a variety of California cheeses. This creation incorporated influences from an array of different cuisines including Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and American.

Their ability to combine Monterey Jack cheese with red meat and fish on the same dish not only improved the flavor and aroma, but just as important enhanced the moisture and tenderness of the Surf and Turf ingredients.

The Suan Dusit International Culinary team’s dessert skillfully combined a variety of California cheeses (i.e., cream cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, and American sliced cheese) into hot and cold desserts. Their creations produced products with unique flavors that generated a mouth-watering aroma.

Members of the Suan Dusit International Culinary team will travel to San Francisco, California and visit at the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA), Greystone campus.  The team will also take a short-course that will enhance their skills.  The value of awards and prizes for the competition totaled 500,000 baht (more than $15,000).

Additional winners

Runner Up: Wandee College, Third place: Dusit Thani College, First Honorable Mention Award: Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, and Second Honorable Mention Award: Dusit Thani College Pattaya.

”The objective of organizing the Real California Milk Culinary Academy Competition is to encourage young chefs to use California milk products in their dishes and help develop their skills on a level that is comparable with chefs around the world,  said Ms.Theeravee Ungkuvorakul, the representative of California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) in Thailand.

Thai culinary students have limited knowledge and experience working with cheese products.  CMAB wants to support Thai culinary students to enhance their abilities and provide them new opportunities to learn at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), one of the top culinary institutions in the world.  At the CIA, Thai students can learn new techniques and gain more knowledge about California dairy products, including cheese.

CMAB teamed up with Chef Somsak Rarongkam, President of Thailand Chef Association, Chef Willment Leong, Top Chef Thailand Judge, Chef Santo Zoppis, Chef Piroon Rungsityothin, and Chef Prachan Vong-Uthaiphan to judge the competition and provide advice to the young participants.

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